Suspended within a glass and steel bubble, passengers soar over red-rock foothills and misty mountaintops. In the distance, they can glimpse the towering steel buildings of the Mile High City. The sun glints from a golden dome, and abstract façades of modern architecture reach toward clear, blue skies dotted with clouds. Though their ears are shielded by headsets, the passengers can hear the hum of the helicopter’s blades as they slice through the air. Customers also get a chance to try their hand at piloting a helicopter on one of the simulators.
Colorado Heli-Ops's team of extensively trained pilots ferries passengers on aerial tours such as these that fly over some of their state’s most historic sites and breathtaking scenery. The sleek metal hulls of Robinson R44 helicopters provide limousine-like luxury with plush leather seats. On-staff photographers can professionally capture tour memories with high-powered lenses affixed to digital cameras.
Colorado Heli-Ops's instructors also use their mechanical birds to train clients for private and commercial pilot’s licenses or help them brush up on more specialized skills through programs in high-altitude and mountain flight. To enable preflight preparation and let students observe the flight patterns of digital geese, staffers operate an FAA-certified Frasca Truflight H simulator and Merlin Turbine simulator.
Brush up on your birdly knowledge with 15 minutes of preflight classroom prep before lifting off in one of Taking Flight’s meticulously maintained aircrafts. Under the wing of resident aviator Aaron Wexler, you’ll perform the take off and climb, soaring free from earth’s gravitational grip. Each guided turn will strengthen your Cessna-whisperer status until your maiden flight delicately descends during an assisted landing, inevitably reuniting you with the flightless commoners.
It’s possible to tinker with your swing all year long at Driving Force Golf—its 3,500 square foot indoor facility features practice equipment designed to help you hone all facets of your game. Feel free to practice on five hitting bays, an indoor putting green, and a short game practice area. In addition, Driving Force Golf's new golf simulator lets golfers play on 68 world famous courses.
The staff features instructors with PGA- and Titleist Performance Institute certification. Lessons cover a wide-ranging curriculum that includes golf-centric fitness evaluations, swing technique feedback, equipment fitting, course strategy advice, and demonstrations on how to turn a curtain rod into a sandwedge.
At DaVinci Center for Creative Arts, the teachers guide all students through the same curriculum using the Whole Art Approach to give all children their own paths to musical and artistic proficiency. This multidisciplinary approach allows students to learn music at a pace that feels natural to them, while still imparting crucial technical skills such as sight-reading and music theory. Aside from music instruction, the teaching team also offers other ventures. Martial arts teaches students dynamic movements and techniques, while abacus math allows children to develop concentration in mathematics. Ballet, theater, jazz dance, and art are also available, each adhering to the same all-inclusive teaching style.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning Center understand that each child learns differently. They design custom lessons based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Sylvan's instructors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12 to improve their confidence and independence leading to their educational success. Many of Sylvan’s certified teachers work in local schools and have familiarized themselves with common practices, which help them understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results.
PlanetSwim founder and owner Stephan's life is a timeline of aquatic achievements, containing awards that he won as a competitive swimmer as well as several teaching titles—lifeguard trainer and Red Cross–certified swim instructor among them. At PlanetSwim, Stephan holds his staff to similar standards. Each teacher has a minimum of five years of swim-instruction experience and has also been Red Cross–certified. Together, the team channels its knack for tutelage into swim lessons for children and adults of all ages in indoor, heated pools, including the one in Louisville, which is filled with warm water to encourage students to get in.
PlanetSwim's philosophy centers around personal attention, an element that demands small class sizes and a supportive atmosphere. Whether they are leading a 10-minute lesson for a water-shy toddler or an intermediate course on different strokes, the instructors monitor their pupils closely to ensure both comfort and development of technique.